Planning Your Future as a Caregiver While “Bearing Another’s Burdens”

Are you ever called not to bear another’s burden? What about planning your own future, even when you’re someone’s caregiver? What if their “burdens” interfere with your personal goals for the future, are you allowed to set them aside?

via Planning Your Future as a Caregiver While “Bearing Another’s Burdens” — Paradigm Shift

 

There are some things that are so difficult even to think about as a care giver. I love this post because it is both practical and loving in its encouragement and advice. Thanks Emily for sharing this excellent post!!

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God’s Comfort

“Where there never is heard a discouraging word. And the skies are not cloudy all day.” was a line from a song written when in reality the settlers in the American West encountered blizzards, droughts, gunslingers and other assorted dangers. This kind of whistling in the dark is a pass time which most of us engage in when facing our worst moments in life. The eerily cheerful notes reflect a false bravado we use in place of faith in a loving God. Recently I have felt tired and worn out. Friends and family have either passed away or moved away and it has been easiest some days to just focus on sunny things while ignoring the fears that nip at my heels like a pack of jackals.

But the Apostle Paul reminds us that he found his comfort, not from his surroundings, friends or circumstances but from a God who gave Him comfort when he needed it most.

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The Widow’s Mites

And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury   Mark 12:42-43 KJV

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I had felt frustrated by the small number that came to our little nursing home service. It seemed like I was just rushing in, doing my duty and then going home. Then one afternoon God chose to change my outlook. As I was passing around shaking hands saying,” God bless you” to everyone, one woman slipped something into my hand. I opened up my palm and discovered two shiny quarters which she had given me. “No I can’t take this’” I protested. She just smiled widely and said “You keep those; there are lots more where they came from!”

I was instantly reminded of the widow’s two mites in the Bible story. I remembered that Jesus had said that the widow, “put in more than all these…” When God sends us the widow’s mites He is putting into our hands what he values most. I would not at all be surprised if some of the people standing near Jesus might have laughed. Those pitiful worn out copper coins were nothing to compare to the golden shower being poured in by the rich. But that afternoon God gave me a golden shower of laughter to lift my spirit. In that moment a light clicked on in my heart and I saw the preciousness of that woman in God’s eyes.